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14 Ways Honey Can Heal

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14 Ways Honey Can Heal

By Vasant Lad, Yoga+

The fossil record tells us honeybees have been around for 150 million years or more. No one knows when we discovered the treasure hidden in their hives, but paintings of beekeepers lining the walls of a cave in Spain prove that we have been practicing the art of beekeeping for at least 7,000 years. Honey is versatile. It has been prized as a sweetener, as medicine, as an offering for the gods, as currency, and as a symbol of love. In Greek mythology, for example, Cupid dips his arrows in honey before aiming them at our hearts.

According to ayurveda, honey is the nectar of life. Because it is created from the essence of a flower’s sex organs, it has a natural affinity with reproductive tissue. It can also heal sore throats, colds, coughs, ulcers, burns, and wounds. And when ingested with a healing herb (like ashwagandha), honey travels to the deepest tissues, transporting the chemical properties and the subtle energies of medicine to the cellular level.

Ayurveda says that raw honey is medicine, but cooked honey is a slow poison. Why? In its natural form, honey is rich in minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and carbohydrates. But heat strips honey of most of its nutritional value and transforms the honey molecules into a non-homogenized glue that adheres to mucous membranes and clogs subtle energy channels. Cooked honey creates cellular toxicity and may lead to immunological dysfunction. It can also clog the arteries and lead to atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries), hampering blood flow to the vital organs. So as a general rule, honey should never be cooked, and nothing should be cooked with honey. Instead, add raw honey to yogurt, warm tea, or spread it on bread or toast.

These days, most honey sold commercially has been heated and should be avoided. Look for the words “raw” or “unpasteurized” on honey at a health-food store or online at places like the Ayurvedic Institute (www.ayurveda.com) or www.eBeeHoney.com. But the purest form of honey is local and raw because it helps prevent (or calm) seasonal allergies and is full of prana (vital energy). Check your local farmers’ market, and if you live in the country, keep an eye out for roadside honey stands.

Honey, Help Me!
Ayurvedic texts are full of honey-based remedies for a wide range of ailments.

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5:26AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

I knew about raw honey's healing properties, but great to hear it helps with allergies, nausea, and sinuses, too!

11:00AM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

great article, thanks

1:12PM PDT on Oct 8, 2014

Lurve honey!

1:27AM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

great article. Thank you Eleonora O. for the recipe of the magical drink.

9:56AM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

Thanks

4:47AM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

I love honey... but it's difficult to me to use it with moderation! :-p

11:16PM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

We will not have honey without bees. Pls sign any petitions for their protection...like disuse of harmful pesticides.

7:29AM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

Thank you!!

2:48AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

thank you for great info

8:40PM PDT on May 1, 2014

Thank you for sharing

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